Verizon Cameraphone Comparison Q2 2009
There have been a lot of cameraphones introduced for Verizon since our previous Q4 2007 comparison review. Four of the newest models are the Samsung Omnia, Casio Exilim, LG enV Touch, and LG enV3.
The Omnia and Exilim both have 5MP autofocus cameras, while the enV Touch (which replaces the Voyager) and enV3 (replacement of the enV2) have 3MP cameras. The enV Touch also comes with autofocus and an Schneider-Kreuznach lens, which the enV3 does not, and the Exilim is the only device to have a 3x optical zoom.
With each phone, 80 images were taken, totaling 320 images between all four models. They have been captured under the following conditions and categories:
- Outside in broad daylight
- Outside at night
- Indoors with different types of lighting, including flash, and with various distances from the subject
We used the camera’s Automatic settings whenever possible, but for night images we tried the Night/Darkness image modes on the Omnia and Exilim, and the Intelligent Shot mode on the enV Touch and enV3. Also, indoor images taken with the Auto White Balance can vary greatly between phones, so keep that in mind.
In each category we have placed a 100% crop image at the top of the page, which shows the camera’s differences. It helps you to easily compare the performance by seeing the same object reproduced by different devices side-by-side.
We then show all four cameraphone images at full resolution, followed by a ranking of 1st to 4th place.
1. rafaelinux (Posts: 31; Member since: 29 Jun 2009)
You keep forgetting THE MAIN USE of the cameras... Shooting people. (no weapon jokes)
2. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
last sentence correction, change "expect" to "except". But i really liked this article.
5. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
First of all this isnt a "revise" no one cares about spelling and grammer....God i hate people like you that spell check blogs its so annoying.
7. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
now who looks like a jackass dude lay off n no one cares bout that n ppl like u that post crap like this? that is annoying
10. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)
Hmm..clearly the enVTouch has a much better camera than the enV3. Camera quality is important to me alot and actually most of my pictures are taken indoors.. But battery life is also very important and I'm deciding between the env3 and enVTouch so idk!! Help please! I'm a heavy texter but if the enVTouch's battery is THAT bad, maybe I should just get the env3 and deal with a lousy camera!? (I'm coming from a Motorla ZINE ZN5)
11. tripleh1996 (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Jul 2009)
the env3 does definitely not have a lousy camera its great. i use it all the time it is really good. you should get the env3 because ts more durable and is really nice looking with great features
3. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
great comparisions...nice job phonearena.
6. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
Agreed it really puts it into perspective, It looked like the Env Touch shows up warm and pink (no vaj jokes) in most pictures. I have the omnia and I love it for pictures (not so much as a phone) and it takes great shots, Im glad to see I made the right choice with camera though...Im pretty dissapointed the Exilim didnt take the cake, it looks the most lagitamately like a camera from the back and its a 5.1 just a little better than the others...Its a good thing the egyptions didnt rush the pyramids.
4. enemyisyou (Posts: 44; Member since: 04 Jul 2009)
I agree with the comment about shooting some pictures of people. I primarily use my phone camera for taking pictures of my active 2-year-old. It'd be nice to see how these phones handle portraits and action shots....
8. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
it doesnt matter about the mp capability of a camera phone it depends on the quality of the pics it takes phonearena proves that good job :)
12. Phone Geek (unregistered)
It is my understanding that the Lg enV Touch has the best video recording quality as well with 640X480 @ 30 fps. Is this correct? What phone that Verizon offers has the best video recoriding quality?
13. DJKuulA (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Jul 2009)
Many of those indoor shots with the Touch are really red. Did using the Fluorescent white balance setting help that? Was that not tested at all?
14. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)
All the tested phones were used in Auto mode, since that is the default and will be what most consumers use. The red hue produced by the enV Touch when used indoors (under fluorescent lighting) can be reduced some by manually change the White Balance setting. You can also adjust it better using an image-editing program on your PC and lower the Red Gamma value slightly.
15. gfotheringa (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Aug 2009)
Hard to believe that the Casio photos were the most blurry. Sure that you didn't mistakenly have the image stabilizer off?